How to Clean Your Wicker Baskets

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Wicker baskets displayed in a room need frequent dusting, just like furniture and decorative accessories. Use a soft brush or a feather duster for a gentle dust-removing treatment; add the upholstery brush attachment to your vacuum cleaner or a more thorough dusting. A mild dish soap and water solution comes in handy for removing grease and grime.

Basic Cleaning

  • Dust the basket inside and out with a feather duster or a soft-bristled paintbrush to keep the wicker looking its best. A dusting every few weeks -- or whenever you notice the dust -- helps prevent thick dust buildup.
  • Vacuum the wicker basket gently using the upholstery brush attachment every few months or so. Use the least powerful suction setting on the vacuum cleaner. Do not vacuum areas that are falling apart or that are so fragile they may be damaged by even a small amount of suction. 

Tip

  • Wear clean cotton gloves whenever dusting or handling vintage or valuable wicker baskets. Body oils and lotions damage wicker or leave behind stains that are difficult, if not impossible, to remove.

Deeper Cleaning

Give baskets a deeper cleaning when necessary using a little moisture -- just enough to wet the wicker fibers without soaking them. Allow the basket to dry in a well-ventilated area out of direct sunlight each time you clean it with water. Wait until the basket dries completely before putting anything in it.

  • Wet a lint-free white cloth with water, wringing out most of the moisture. Wipe the basket down, rinsing and wringing the cloth out as needed.
  • Clean greasy or grimy spots with a damp lint-free white cloth or a sponge dipped into bowl of water with a squirt of a mild soap such as liquid dish soap. Rinse the cloth or sponge and wipe the area again to remove soapy residue. Use a cotton swab to reach greasy buildup between woven fibers. 
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